Hand & Wrist (WECAN)

New Members – Joining WECAN is Easy! If you consider hand & wrist surgery to be part of your orthopaedic practice and you would like to become a WECAN member, just send a quick email to, and we will be happy to welcome you.

Membership categories:

  • Active Membership (Orthopaedic Surgeons)
  • Affiliate Membership (Researchers and Allied Health)
  • Associate Membership (Fellows and Residents)
  • Senior Membership (Retired from Practice)

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Position: Associate Professor
Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care
Fellowships: Elbow, shoulder and hand surgery (London, Syndey Australia)
Areas of clinical interest: Elbow, hand and wrist surgery
Research interests: Clinical outcomes research

Dr. Grewal’s Pubmed publication list

Dr. Ruby Grewal received her MD degree at the University of British Columbia. Following completion of her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of British Columbia, she spent 2 years sub-specializing in upper extremity reconstruction and trauma. Her first fellowship was at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, ON and her second fellowship was at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. During her fellowship in London, she also completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. In 2006, she joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario and is a co-director of the clinical research lab within the Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Center (HULC). Dr. Grewal is the Recipient of the 2013 Schulich Dean’s Award for Excellence.

Dr. White is an enthusiastic surgeon and researcher. He has been South Health Campus Orthopaedic Research Lead since 2012. Dr. White also serves as Chair for the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Global Surgery Committee, and Co-chair of WECAN – a wrist and elbow Canadian Research working group.

Dr. White is also a proud husband, and father of two young children. When he is not working, he spends time on his bike or travelling with his family in search of great surf.


He completed his undergraduate degree at Western University (London, Ontario) and his medical degree at the University of British Columbia followed by Orthopaedic Residency training at the University of Calgary.

Dr. White completed two Fellowships. In 2009, he completed a Hand & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at Columbia University in New York. In 2010 he travelled to Scotland and completed a Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship.

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialization/research interests: elbow, hand and wrist surgery
Fellowship: Elbow, hand and wrist surgery (Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, London, Ontario)
Areas of clinical/research interest: Elbow, hand and wrist reconstruction, upper extremity trauma

Dr. Armin Badre graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine in 2012. He then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Alberta in 2017. Upon graduation, he went to the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC), a world-renowned upper extremity specialized centre, to subspecialize in the management of complex elbow, hand, and wrist reconstruction and trauma. While at HULC, he also completed a Master of Science in Surgery focused on elbow biomechanics under the supervision of Drs. Graham King and Jim Johnson.

Dr. Badre joined the Western Upper Limb Facility (WULF) at Sturgeon Hospital in 2019. His clinical practice is focused on the management of various elbow, hand, and wrist conditions including arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and upper extremity trauma.

Dr. Badre has an academic appointment with the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and is involved with the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. He is quite keen on the advancement of knowledge through high-quality clinical and biomechanical research and is currently the research lead at WULF. He has published his work in a number of prestigious journals and presented at various national and international scientific meetings.

Visit Dr. Badre’s webpage for more information.

WECAN Members

Andrea Chan is an orthopaedic-trained hand and wrist surgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 2012. Prior to her medical school training, she completed her Masters of Arts in 2008 at McMaster University in the fields of Forensic Science and Anthropology. Following medical school, she completed her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2017. Dr. Chan then completed a 1-year fellowship in adult hand and upper extremity in London Ontario at the Roth|McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, followed by a 6-month fellowship in pediatric hand and upper extremity in Cincinnati Ohio at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Her primary clinical interests include acute wrist trauma, chronic and acute wrist instability, chronic wrist pain in the adolescent, and congenital wrist pathology.

Her current research focuses on carpal instability with a focus on clinical outcomes as well as the exploring the use of advanced imaging techniques for evaluating wrist cartilage health following injury and intervention.

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialization/research interests: elbow, hand and wrist surgery
Fellowship: Elbow, hand and wrist surgery (Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, London, Ontario)
Areas of clinical/research interest: Elbow, hand and wrist reconstruction, upper extremity trauma

Dr. Robert Chan is a fellowship-trained upper extremity orthopaedic surgeon who has been in full-time practice since 2011 with clinical expertise and interest in elbow to hand.

As a proponent of evidence-based surgery, he has a strong background in education and research with an MSc. in medical education.  Dr. Chan values and upholds good working relationships with all health care team members.  His experience in different leadership positions serving as the current U of A orthopaedic residency program director and previously SCH orthopaedic site lead has helped him foster those values including a high standard of patient care.

Visit Dr. Chan’s webpage for more information.

Dr. Clark works at the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg where he specializes in hand,wrist, and elbow surgery as well as peripheral nerve and brachial plexus reconstruction surgery.

He has an undergraduate degree in Science and a Master’s degree of Science in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Clark graduated from medicine at the University of Manitoba in 2004. He then completed his surgical residency at the University of Manitoba in 2009 and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. After his residency, Dr. Clark went on to do a clinical fellowship in Hand, Wrist and Microvascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Dr. Clark began his orthopaedic surgical practice in Winnipeg in August 2010. He together with Dr. Jennifer Giuffre (plastic surgery) has developed a brachial plexus and peripheral nerve reconstruction clinic. In 2012,

Dr. Clark assumed the position of Postgraduate Residency Rrogram Director for the Section of Orthopaedics at the University of Manitoba. He is currently a member of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the American  Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialization/research interests: elbow, hand and wrist surgery
Fellowship: Hand and wrist surgery (University of Calgary), Traumatology and Upper Extremity Reconstruction (University of Toronto)
Areas of clinical/research interest: Elbow, hand and wrist reconstruction, upper extremity trauma

Dr. Matthew Furey is a FRCSC fellowship trained upper extremity and trauma orthopaedic surgeon. He has multiple ongoing and published peer reviewed articles, invited review articles and text book chapters, and holds an MSc advanced research degree. His primary clinical and research interests are in orthopaedic trauma and post traumatic reconstruction, including elbow, hand and wrist.

Through his training and career, Dr Furey has maintained a high level of involvement in all stages of trainee education including being the Hand and Wrist representative member of the Orthopaedic residency training committee at the University of Toronto, and as active supervisor for medical students, surgical residents and fellows in clinical education at the University of Alberta. He is currently appointed Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Alberta.

Visit Dr. Furey’s webpage for more information.

Dr. Hildebrand is an Orthopaedic surgery Professor at the University of Calgary. His major research interest is post-traumatic contractures of the elbow. Research platforms include in vitro collagen gel studies, molecular and immunohistochemical methods to evaluate tissues, animal models with preclinical evaluation of potential therapeutics, clinical research on elbow injury epidemiology, and randomized clinical trials. Specific clinical studies on elbow and wrist disorders, including case reports, retrospective reviews, prospective cohorts and randomized clinical trials, are other research interests. A recent research direction in health services is developing and implementing care pathways in hip fractures and fragility fractures and osteoporosis treatment. This is in conjunction with the Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network.

Miss Barbara Jemec obtained her Medical Degree from Copenhagen University, Denmark in 1991, after which she moved to the U.K.

She passed the examinations for admission as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1995 (FRCS), which is why she is a Miss rather than a Doctor.

In the UK, physicians have always had formal university training to obtain a degree in medicine. Surgeons, until the mid-19th century however, didn’t have to go to university to gain a degree; instead they served as an apprentice to a surgeon, after which they took an examination. This is why they are called Mr, Miss, Ms or Mrs, despite now obviously also first obtaining a proper medical degree at university!

She passed the Specialist Intercollegiate examination in Plastic Surgery in 2002 (FRCS(Plast)), the European Board Examination in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery in 2003 (EBOPRAS), the Fellow of the Royal College for Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) in 2019 and was awarded an M.D. (MD Res) for her research into Dupuytren’s Disease by the University of London in 2000.

Her lifelong interest lies in the provision of training colleagues in resource poor countries in reconstructive surgery, especially hand surgery, and to this end founded the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery and Training (, which is official charity of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons’ ( BFIRST now has long standing partnerships with our colleagues in 9 countries. She was elected to sit on Councils of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (, BAPRAS, the Plastic Surgical section of the Royal Society of Medicine ( (President 2012). She is now a Board member of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand (

She is a Royal College of Surgeons’ Assessor for proposed Research Fellowship Schemes and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) and was on the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS European Volume) 2007-2017, and is the Associate Editor (Plastics) for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

She has been a Consultant in the National Health Service (NHS) and on the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery of the UK (GMC 4052812) since January 2004. Her NHS base is the Royal Free Hospital on Pond Street in London.

Position: Professor and Director
Degree: MD, MSc, FRCSC
Office: Roth | McFarlane Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care, Room D0-202
Fellowship: Elbow, wrist and hand surgery (Calgary, Rochester)
Areas of clinical interest: Elbow, wrist and hand surgery
Research interests: Wrist and elbow biomechanics, computer and image assisted orthopaedic surgery

Dr. King’s Pubmed publication list

Dr. Graham JW King received his MD degree at the University of British Columbia. After completing a rotating internship at the University of Alberta he went to the University of Toronto to train in orthopaedic surgery. During a research year in Toronto he became interested in orthopaedic biomechanics and soft tissue healing. After qualifying as an orthopaedic surgeon in 1989 he completed a clinical fellowship in hand and wrist surgery and a Masters of Science degree at the University of Calgary. He then travelled to the Mayo Clinic to gain further clinical experience in wrist and elbow surgery and additional research experience in upper extremity bioengineering. In 1992 he joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. He established the Bioengineering Laboratory at the Hand & Upper Limb Centre at St. Joseph’s Health Care. With his collaborators, Drs. David Chess, Louis Ferreira and James Johnson they have developed linkages with the Departments of Medical Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Over the past 20 years the laboratory has been successful in attracting extensive peer review funding including CIHR, CAS, CAN and NSERC and has numerous industry collaborations. His current research interests focus on the biomechanics of the wrist and elbow as well as computer and image guided surgery. He has received the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Government of Ontario and the J. Edouard Samson Research Award from the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. He has represented the Canadian Orthopaedic Association as a North American Travelling Fellow and an American, British and Canadian Travelling Fellow. He has also served as the president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Western University and the Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Dr. King was awarded a 2010 Dean’s Award of Excellence for his contributions to the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Position: Assistant Clinical Professor
Specialization/research interests: elbow, hand and wrist surgery
Fellowship: Elbow, hand and wrist surgery (Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, London, Ontario) Upper Extremity Surgery (St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Areas of clinical/research interest: Elbow, hand and wrist reconstruction, upper extremity trauma

Dr. Michael Lapner completed his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at McMaster University in 2006. He then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Ottawa in 2011. Upon graduation, he completed two fellowships in hand, wrist and elbow surgery. The first was in at University of British Columbia. The second fellowship occurred at the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center in London, Ontario. Dr. Lapner also received a diploma in microsurgery from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Lapner has been at the Sturgeon Community Hospital, now the home of the Western Upper Limb Facility (WULF), since 2013. His practice consists of reconstructive, trauma, and soft tissue surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow surgery.

Visit Dr. Lapner’s webpage for more information.

Professor, Surgery and Mechanical Engineering
Attending Staff, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
President and CEO, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research
David R. Pichora MD FRCSC is an internationally recognized leader in hand surgery, upper extremity, peripheral nerve surgery, and orthopaedic trauma.  His current clinical practice focuses mainly on hand and wrist and peripheral nerve surgery—including such areas as: management of fractures of the hand, scaphoid and wrist; tendon repair and reconstruction; wrist arthroscopy; scapholunate ligament repair; wrist and small joint reconstruction following injury or arthritis; small joint replacement in the fingers; CMC (basal) thumb joint replacement and wrist joint replacement; management of dupuytren’s disease, including surgery and collagenase injections; endoscopic and open carpal tunnel surgery; and repair and reconstruction of peripheral nerve injuries, nerve and tendon transfers.

Dr. Pichora is a faculty member in the Queen’s University Orthopaedic Residency Training Program and has a longstanding Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Fellowship Program in partnership with Dr. Ryan Bicknell.

Dr. Pichora was awarded the Paul B. Helliwell Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 2015. He has an active research program in collaboration with members of the Queen’s University Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and School of Computing.  As a widely recognized leader in orthopaedics and trauma, Dr. Pichora pioneered the use of motion analysis techniques for documenting patterns of disease in upper extremities. He co-pioneered the world’s first computer-assisted distal radius osteotomy. He has received numerous research grants including Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and matching Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), and CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) grants in the field of computer-assisted and navigated orthopaedic surgery.

In April 2017, Dr. Pichora assumed the role of President & Chief Executive Officer of the newly integrated Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) – a novel integration of the faith-based Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and secular Kingston General Hospital (KGH) under a single Board and administration.  Prior to that, he was CEO of Hotel Dieu Hospital. He held the position of Chief of Staff at HDH from July 2004 through early 2009 when he was appointed CEO. Under his leadership, the HDH site implemented an innovative, Short-stay Total Joint Replacement Program, a Bariatric Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre, Ambulatory / Short-stay Bariatric Surgery Program, and Dermatology and Mohs Microsurgery programs.  At KHSC a variety of innovative programs have been created or expanded, including minimally invasive cardiac procedures, robotically assisted minimally invasive cancer surgery, deep brain stimulation surgery, and implantation of spinal cord stimulators as part of an expanded regional multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Program.

Dr. Pichora completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Queen’s University and clinical fellowships at the University of Toronto (Hand and Trauma Surgery) and University of Alabama, Birmingham (Hand and Microsurgery). He is a Professor of Surgery and Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University. He has served as Orthopaedic Residency Program Director, and Divisional Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Queen’s University and HDH and KGH sites. He co-founded the KGH Regional Trauma Program. He is a founding member, a lead researcher and Board member of the Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) at Queen’s University, and Past President of both the Ontario Orthopaedic Association and the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery.

Position: Assitant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

David Sauder is homegrown in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  He completed two years of undergraduate training at the U of S in biochemistry before entereing medicine.  He graduated from U of S medicine with great distinction in 2000.  After spending one year in family medicine training, he switched into orthopedic surgery at the U of S.  He graduated in 2006.  During residency he won a research presentation award at the national Canadian Orthopedic Resdiency Association meeting in 2005.  He then went on to train for one year at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, Ontario.  His career began back in Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Centre.  His clinical interest is in upper limb surgery with much of his work focusing on wrist and elbow.  His current research interest is in the area of carpal tunnel outcomes.

Academic Background:

  • FRCSC, 2016, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Orthopedic Residency, 2006, University of Saskatchewan
  • MD, 2000, University of Saskatchewan
Selected Publications:

  • Sauder D.J. & King G.J.W.  (2007) Hemiarthroplasty of the Distal Ulna with an Eccentric Prosthesis.  Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg, 11(1): 115-20.
  • Sauder D.J. & Athwal G.S. (2007) Ulnar Shaft Fractures.  Hand Clinics, 23(2): 179-84.
  • Sauder D.J., Athwal G.S., Faber K.J. & Roth J.H. Perilunate Injuries. Orthop Clin North Am, 38(2): 279-88.

Position: Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic

Dr. Laura Sims is born and raised in Saskatchewan and proudly calls this province home. After completing her undergraduate, medical, and residency training in Saskatchewan, she spent time in London Ontario gaining subspecialty training at the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre from world renound surgeons. Her practice in Saskatoon focuses on surgical conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Sims’ research interests focus on clinical outcome measures following upper limb surgery.


  • 2018-2019: Clinical Fellow, Hand and Upper Limb Center, University of Western Ontario, London ON
  • 2013-2018: Orthopedic Resident Physician, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
  • 2009-2013: Doctor of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
  • 2005-2009: Bachelor of Science, Physiology, Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, Saskatoon and Regina, SK


  • 2018 – Vice-Dean’s Prize for Research in Surgery
  • 2017 – Dr. Brad Ardell Spirit Award
  • 2017 – Samuel Clemens Prize in Orthopedic Research
  • 2017 – Kirkaldy-Willis Orthopedic Resident Research Award
  • 2016 – AAOS Orthopedic Video Theater Award
  • 2015 – Kirkaldy-Willis Orthopedic Resident Research Award
  • 2011 – Isabel and Emmett Hall Scholarship in Orthopedic Surgery

Selected Publications: 

  • Sims L, Shin JJ, Judy RP, Lin A. Review Article. Arthroscopic Soft Tissue Stabilization: Single Anterior Portal Technique. Annals of Joint: 2017 Nov; 2(11)
  • Lukenchuck J, Sims L, Shin JJ. Variability in Outcome Reporting for Operatively Managed Anterior Glenohumeral Instability. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. 2017 Feb;33(2):477-483.
  • Sims L, Kulyk P, Woo A. Intra-operative Culture Positive Allograft Bone and Subsequent Post-operative Infections: A Retrospective Review. The Canadian Journal of Surgery: 2017 Apr; 60(2): 94–100
  • Shin JJ, Sims L, Yanke A. Chondrolysis: Risk Benefit Analysis of “caine” Local Anesthetics for ACL Reconstruction. Chapter 53. In: Prodromos C. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science. (2nd ed.). Saunders, Elsevier.
    Sims L, Shin JJ, Athwal G, Sauder D. Transscaphoid Perilunate Fracture Dislocations: A Surgical Technique. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery Annual Meeting 2016 OVT

Position: Assistant Professor
Degree: MD, FRCSC
Fellowship: Elbow, Wrist and Hand Surgery (New York, Rochester)
Areas of clinical interest: Hand and wrist surgery
Research interests: Biomechanics and clinical outcomes research

Dr. Nina Suh received her medical degree (M.D.) and residency training at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western. Following her residency in Orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Suh continued her training with two years of Fellowship training, subspecializing in wrist and hand reconstruction and trauma. Her first fellowship was completed at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY. Subsequently, she completed her second fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN before returning to join the Department of Surgery at Western. Dr. Suh’s clinical interests encompass disorders of the wrist and hand, while her research interests include biomechanics and clinical outcomes research.

Position: Associate Professor
Practice Hospital: Toronto Western Hospital (UHN)
Clinic: Hand
Research Interests: Bone Biology Laboratory

Biography: In 1982, Dr. von Schroeder completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) followed by a MD in 1986, both at University of British Columbia. He has completed research fellowships at the University of California, San Diego and at the University of Toronto in skeletal and cell research. Dr. von Schroeder finished his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in September 1996.

In 1996 and 1997, Dr. von Schroeder completed two clinical fellowships, obtaining highly specialized training in hand, wrist and microsurgery. These fellowships were at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, and C.M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, KY.

Dr. von Schroeder is an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. He is on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital and University Health Network. He is the Medical Director of the Hand and Wrist Program at Altum Health. Dr. von Schroeder is a Research Scientist at the Faculty of Dentistry where his major basic science research interest in bone and tendon biology.

Dr. von Schroeder’s clinical practice as a Hand Surgeon centers on the diseases and trauma that affect the hands. Carpal instability, avascular necrosis of bone and fracture non-unions are frequent conditions of the hand and a focus of his clinical research.

Areas of Specialty: Hand and Wrist Surgery

Dr. von Schroeder has particular clinical interest in the following types of surgical procedures:
• Reconstructive wrist surgery for carpal instability
• Scaphoid fracture surgery
• Scaphoid pseudarthrosis reconstruction
• Vascularized bone graft procedures in the wrist
• Wrist and small joint arthroplasty in the hand
• Wrist arthroscopy